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  • There’s a new game in town

    There’s a new game in town. Well, it’s based on an old game, actually. A game that’s as old as the European Union’s open internal borders. It’s called VAT Fraud Carousel, and it’s all about robbing European (and Maltese) taxpayers to stuff one’s own pockets by moving goods around. Now, there’s a video game that […] More

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  • Divide and rule

    The streets of Malta are choked with cars, and the air is choked with construction dust. When construction dust isn’t engulfing you in an asphyxiating cloud, you’re smothered in a black fog of exhaust from the unmaintained vehicle in front of you. Shade-giving trees are being cut down at an alarming rate even as temperatures […] More

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  • Will Neville Guffaw have the last laugh?

    The worst kept secret in Malta has finally been revealed. Neville Gafa — long known to readers for such stellar pieces of work as the (alleged) Libyan medical visa racket, and for his vacation meeting with a Libyan warlord — works for the Office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister didn’t seem to remember this […] More

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  • Theatre of the absurd

    Patrick Dalli didn’t get the result he wanted in court, so now he’s attacking the judicial system for breaching his human rights. That’s a lot like not studying for an exam and then blaming the teacher for your crappy grade. I wish I’d thought of this tactic in high school. I might have done better […] More

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  • A Tale of Two Maltas

    We’ve never had it so good. We’ve never had it so bad. And it all depends on who you ask. According to the 2018 Eurobarometer survey, 96% of respondents in Malta are very satisfied with the life they lead, and 39% of them expect their lives to keep getting better over the next 12 months. […] More

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  • Nothing to see here

    According to Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, Malta’s financial services aren’t being damaged by shady practices and the complete failure to investigate and prosecute them. No, the damage is caused by these annoying people who keep talking about it — especially in front of foreigners. If only they’d shut up about it, he seems to think, […] More

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  • Pravda in the Med

    “The Party is always right.” At least, that’s what my “minders” told me. They were referring to the only party in town — the Great Leader’s Workers’ Party of Korea. Isn’t it interesting how societies that repeat such phrases always seem to be built on lies? I saw party controlled media when I travelled in […] More

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  • Is this the future of Malta?

    “We used to have picnics here,” the old man said. “We sat in these gardens, under tall trees.” “Where, behind that block of flats?” “Listen to me. There was a beautiful garden on this hill, with fruit trees and views of the sea. Even in summer, we could still feel a breeze.” “But grandpa, it’s […] More

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  • Wash your dirty linen at home

    “Wash your dirty linen at home.” It’s something we’ve all heard. What happens within the family stays in the family. People keep family secrets for many reasons. They might hide what’s going on because they’re ashamed. Or they might hide it because they think they’re protecting the family’s survival. Individuals might suffer, but the family […] More

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  • Which Malta will it be?

    “All foreigners who don’t like it can muck off back to their own miserable countries.” That was the first comment I read below a Times of Malta article on The Expat Insider’s report, which saw Malta plummet in their Quality of Life index of living conditions in 187 countries. It’s the same tired line every […] More

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  • And what have you done?

    “Malta has always been the whore of the Mediterranean,” my friend Victor said, “selling its soul for money no matter where it comes from.” You can imagine my shock the first time I heard this. I was reminded of it again today when I read that the European Commission said — in no uncertain terms […] More

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  • ‘Gravity is just an allegation’

    “I have mastered the art of levitation.” “But Chowsef… you’re standing on the floor…” “No I’m not. You’re just being negative.” “You can’t levitate, Chowsef,” the Minister replied. “On account of gravity.” “Gravity is just an allegation,” said Chowsef. The Minister’s doubts were beginning to show. Mostly because Chowsef had said it with such conviction. […] More

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